Monday, March 13, 2006

Equality Ride Rolls Into Tulsa

Peter, here's your chance!

The Equality Ride is a group of Christian gay, lesbian, bisexual and trandsgendered college students who are taking a bus tour of colleges and universities that ban the admission of GLBT students. They seek to open a dialogue about faith based discrimination and to call attention to the plight of students at these institutions who literally spend their academic careers living in fear. Not suprisingly, two of the schools on their route are in OK: ORU and OBU.

The riders were arrested on Friday when they tried to enter Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and our favorite bigot, Pat Robertson, is threatening the same action when they visit his Regent University today. Thus far, ORU is following suit by refusing to allow the riders on campus. Come on guys, what are you afraid of? All they want to do is talk! And they promise not to bring up the fact that the vast majority of these schools are completely unaccredited.

From the Tulsa Oklahomans for Human Rights e-newsletter:

The Soulforce Equality Ride is rolling into Tulsa and Oral Roberts University. The Equality Ride is touring the country, stopping at institutions that ban GLBT students from enrolling. Planned Oklahoma stops are Oral Roberts University and Oklahoma Baptist University. Ride organizers hope to come onto the ORU campus to open a dialogue with administrators and students. As of yet, ORU officials have not opened a dialogue and have stated the 30 to 35 Equality Riders will not be allowed on the ORU campus. Continued in comments...


At 3/13/2006 3:17 PM, Blogger ThomG said...

A rally is planned for Monday, March 20th at 11:00 AM in Riverparks near 81st and Lewis. Tulsans supporting equality in education are invited to join the rally. Click below for more information and to take part in the rally.

You're invited to a Q&A session with the Equality Riders on Tuesday, March 21st at the Tulsa GLBT Community Center. A community pot-luck, followed by the Q&A for you to learn more of the Equality Ride, is planned for 6:30 PM. Please welcome these young adults traveling across the nation by sharing some Tulsa hospitality and home-cooking on Tuesday, March 21st at the Tulsa GBLT Community Center, 5545 E 41st Street in Highland Plaza.

EQUALITY RIDE UPDATE: Prominent Christian universities are blocking or disinviting the gay rights bus tour Equality Ride, organized by Soulforce, from stopping at their campuses to engage students in dialogue.


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